yep, a quick look over at the CR website has their "recommended" pick of standard fridges starting at $1500 (depending on design)UALflyer wrote: ↑Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:03 pmAs I mentioned above, the refrigerators are not interchangeable, but since you are curious, I can describe the differences. Built in refrigerators are cabinet depth, which is 24", so they can be flush with kitchen cabinetry. Standard refrigerators are all much deeper than that, and are generally between 29" and 35" in depth, so you can't install them flush with kitchen cabinetry.
From a functional standpoint, an advantage of a built in refrigerator is not just in the way it is designed for a seamless look (you can also have it completely integrated into the cabinetry, where the refrigerator door exactly matches the cabinetry, so that it all looks like one unit), but also in the fact that having a wider and more shallow refrigerator makes it much easier to see and reach things in it than the more narrow and deeper design of standard refrigerators.
Also, modern standard refrigerators are generally designed to last 8-10 years. Built-in refrigerators are designed to be significantly more durable, so that they are designed to last at least 20 years, and come with significantly longer warranties. Most standard refrigerators come with a 1-year warranty. Most built-in refrigerators now come with 2-3 year full warranties, 5-year parts and labor sealed system warranty, and a 12-year parts only sealed system warranty. These differences account for at least some of the price differences.
Although all refrigerators are designed to keep food cold, that's not all that is needed to keep food from spoiling. I think that all modern built in refrigerators now use dual compressors and air filtration, which makes most types of refrigerated and frozen foods last significantly longer.
The downsides to built-in refrigerators are their outrageous upfront pricing, as they are all made by a few high-end manufacturers.
the top-rated "recommended" built-ins are closer to $9000.
so my answer is "design the kitchen to use standard appliances" - NO built-ins.